Sunday, May 23, 2010
Name This Plant: Dragon Fruit
I have to give props to both Anonymous and Matt81's Dad for correctly naming this fruit. Like Matt's dad, I know it as Dragon Fruit. However, Anonymous is also correct in calling it Pitaya.
According to Wikipedia, the dragon fruit grows on a cactus and is native to Central and South America. It also apparently comes in several varieties. I am used to the red exterior with white flesh. However, it also can have purple flesh and, apparently, can come with a yellow exterior. Rumor has it is called dragon fruit because when it grows on the end of the long arms of the cactus it looks like the head of a dragon.
Dragon fruit on the vine (if vine is appropriate)/Wikipedia
The flesh is similar in texture and taste to a kiwi and the seeds are similar to strawberry seeds.
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